Wednesday, September 27, 2006

How thoughtful

Via Depressed Single Mother, a heartwarming story of "charity" gone horribly, horribly wrong:

"Tarantulas flee charity store"

(and no, i am not posting the picture for this or that for the following link because AAAGGHHHH go see for yourself).

Two giant spiders, believed to be pet tarantulas, are on the loose after escaping from a glass tank which was given to a Worcestershire charity shop.

The palm-sized spiders, which are not thought to be venomous but may inflict a painful bite, went missing from the British Heart Foundation in Redditch.

The creatures and their tank were among nearly 100 bags which were given to the shop in Market Place on Friday.

The shop manager said people need to be aware not to put spiders in bags.

Pauline Thorne, the manager of the charity shop, said: "We are extremely grateful for the support and donations we receive.

"But people need to be aware not to put things like this into the charity bags which are handled by our helpers."

Call me a cynic, but somehow i am not thinking that whoever the assclown in question was did have good intentions here.

Then again, some people, really, really do lurve their GIANT SPIDERS:

from about a month and a half ago,

Britain's Biggest Spider Dies

A spider which was thought to be the biggest in captivity in the UK has died at the age of 20.

Lucretia, a goliath birdeater tarantula, had been the star attraction at Stratford Butterfly Farm in Warwickshire until her recent demise.

She was 10in in diameter, about the size of a dinner plate...

Strangely enough, the response to this has not in fact been hoarse cries of relief and pitchforks and torches finally dropped from exhausted, trembling hands; but rather, mourning, andbut, luckily we still have this other GIANT SPIDER THAT EATS MAMMALS AND FROGS that will eventually reach this size, to wit, the size of a DINNER PLATE.

yes, i am prejudiced, i expect. go tell it to the Arachnid Anti-Defamation League, and lemme 'lone.


Veronica said...

How is it possible for a spider to live for 20 fucking years? Isn't that a sign of impending apocalypse?

belledame222 said...

well maybe they live longer if they're kept as frigging zoo STAR ATTRACTIONS and regularly fed FROGS and RODENTS and other "small mammal" delicacies (*coughannoyingchildren?cough*)

zoe said...

not looking, not looking, not looking ....

Renegade Evolution said...

i have a goliath birdeater myself, actually, but she is not named lucreatia, nor that large.

eh, I like spiders.

kactus said...

Spiders I'm cool with. I had a pet tarantula once. I'm actually looking at a spider in the corner of my living room right now. No big deal.

But don't make me stay in the same room with a centipede. Oh. fucking. god.

Nanette said...

I don't mind spiders either. Much. As long as they stay outside.. and are less than a quarter of an inch in size.

Dinner plate sized ones? That's a whole 'nother story.

Zan said...

Oh, I love spiders. I have them all around my house and I talk to them. It's those bastard wasps that must die!!!

Which, you know, the spiders are happy to do for me :) Ergo, I loves me some spiders.

Anonymous said...

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